Ashcroft Reverses US Position on Second Amendment

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America's ongoing battle over gun control goes back to the Second Amendment itself: "A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." In 1939, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state's right to maintain militias. Now Attorney General John Ashcroft has come under fire for trying to "ingratiate the Bush administration to the gun lobby" through the use of footnotes in two briefs to the Supreme Court that emphasize the individual's right to own guns. Are they merely symbolic assertions of a Constitutional right or the beginning of the end to federal gun control laws? We look at the impact of the Ashcroft decision with representatives of the Violence Policy Center, the National Rifle Association and former officials of the Justice Department.
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